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How to Draw a Medal

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Drawing a medal can be a fun and rewarding activity, whether you are creating a design for a sport event, academic achievement, or military honor. A medal is a symbol of recognition, accomplishment, and excellence, and its design should reflect these qualities.

While there are many ways to draw a medal, a basic approach involves drawing a circular shape with a border, a ribbon band, and a central emblem or design. With some practice and creativity, you can create a unique and impressive metal design that celebrates the achievements o the person or group being recognized.

Difficult level Medium
Estimate time 30 minutes
Drawing materials Pen, Marker, Brush
Painting materials Watercolor, Color pencil, Pastel, Crayon
Surfaces materials Paper, Canvas

How to Draw a Medal – Step by Step

Step 1: Creating the Ribbon Band

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One of the basic parts of a medal is its ribbon band. When drawing a medal, you need to start drawing the easiest part: the ribbon band.

  1. You need to create a diamond shape figure to create a ribbon band. Start by drawing a triangular shape but do not intersect the end of each line. Instead, draw a line that will connect both lines of the triangle. Doing this step will resemble a diamond that will serve as the basic foundation of the ribbon band.
  2. After creating the diamond figure, create a second line parallel to the lines created in the diamond figure. Make the line on all three sides to form the ribbon band.
  3. You can draw the line on the diamond figure’s sides to resemble a ribbon band.

Step 2: Drawing the Medal

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After creating the ribbon band, the next step is to draw the medal.

  1. Start by drawing a small rectangular shape just below the medal, which resembles the pin of the medal. After that, draw the medal by creating a circle that resembles the medal. Make sure that the size of the circle coincides with the size of the created ribbon band.
  2. Add details in the circle, which is your medal. First, create a smaller circle inside the original circle and then add another circle outside the original. Please refer to the figure below.
  3. The next step is still adding more details to the medal. In particular, you can add a wreath engraving which is the normal design of many basic medals. Make sure to follow the design in the figure.

Step 3: More Details and Putting Colors on the Medal

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The next step is creating additional detail in the medal, particularly its design or title.

  1. Start by drawing a title that put’s the name of what the medal is all about. I will let you choose the design or title but make sure it fits well into the medal.
  2. The next step is to enhance the medal by putting the color of your choice. The golden color was used in the sample below since it is the normal color of the medal. Add color to the ribbon band as well. You can use the color of your preference when doing this step.
  3. Enhance the medal drawing and make it shine by adding highlights around the medal. Please refer to the figure on how to do it.

Final Step

Drawing a medal is a great way to honor and recognize accomplishments and achievements. By following a few basic steps and using your creativity, you can create a unique and impressive medal design that celebrates the person or group being recognized.

Always remember to add your own personal touch just like in the figure below. You can create four different medals with different titles, design, and colors. If you like this tutorial, do not forget to share it with other art enthusiasts.

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